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Dwayne Johnson and Chris Pratt push-up for mental health awareness

Published 16/08/2016

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Action stars hope to support veterans with new online video challenge

Dwayne Johnson and Chris Pratt are among the stars who have taken on a charitable push-up challenge to support veterans' mental health.

Guardians of the Galaxy star Pratt first took to Twitter on Friday (12Aug16) to share his contribution to the #22PushupChallenge, an online initiative led by bosses at the 22Kill organisation.

They are aiming to garner 22 million push-ups from people around the world in order to raise awareness about the 22 veterans who commit suicide each day due to post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues.

Pratt and his actress wife Anna Faris completed the challenge together, and in the video posted on Twitter, they called on Johnson, Vincent D'Onofrio and John Krasinski to do the same.

All three actors completed the call - and even featured their respective pet dogs in the clips. Krasinski brought in his pooch Finn, and said in the video, "The Rock and Vincent D'Onofrio all have adorable dogs in their videos," but jokingly scolded Finn at the end for not bring "more adorable" and "doing nothing".

Krasinski went on to challenge Captain America star Chris Evans, who also brought along his dog, even though his pet would not stop licking his owner while he did the 22 push-ups.

On a more serious note, Evans said, "I didn't know this was happening at that rate, and that's why these challenges are good because it certainly raises an awareness and shines a light on issues that need to be addressed."

The challenge is slowly gaining traction among celebrities, and follows in the footsteps of 2014's Ice Bucket Challenge, which raised awareness and cash for the ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Association.

That viral phenomenon proved to be a huge success for the organisation, as more than 17 million people participated in the campaign and over $115 million (£87.7 million) was donated during the eight-week period when the Ice Bucket Challenge became a huge trending topic.

It was recently revealed that those funds helped ALS Association researchers make a groundbreaking discovery in finding a common gene that contributes to the progressive disease.

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